SOLICITATIONS: Archie Comics for March 2013

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Archie Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in March 2013.

ARCHIE #642
ìArchie Meets GLEE Part 2î ñ The year’s most buzzed-about crossover continues! With half of the Riverdale gang transported to McKinley High and half of the New Directions kids zapped to Riverdale–thanks to Dilton’s science experiment gone awry– it’s a ìCrisis on Infinite Archiesî! Until Dilton can unscramble the universes, all the kids have to do is play nice and not disrupt the space-time continuum, but with Veronica setting her sights on Finn Hudson, don’t bet on THAT happening! Donít miss the next chapter of Archie Meets GLEE, where Americaís favorite teenager crosses paths with the hit FOX TV series!
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/3
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #26
Archieís friend Cricket OíDell has a unique ability to smell money down to the penny! When an allergic reaction causes Cricketís sniffer to foresee how much money a person will possess in the near future, she makes the startling prediction that Mr. Lodge will soon be penniless and Archieís about to be loaded! But how could that be? Is Cricketís fore-smell way off? Check out ìFortune Tellingî and see what the future holds!
Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Stan Goldberg, Bob Smith
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Tito PeÒa
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/3
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #211
Itís a lovely spring day, perfect for a walkóor so Veronica thinksÖ Riverdaleís resident fashion maven attempts to trek to Bettyís, but as it turns out, her luxurious outfits are no match for the temperamental weather. Can Veronica withstand the elements on her journey or will her imported attire be sunk? Read ìSpring for Cover,î the lead story of this jam-packed digest!
Script: Kathleen Webb
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/27
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #232
A simple misunderstanding leads to Betty and Veronicaís biggest argument ever! This time itís not even over Archie so you know itís serious business. Can the BFFs come to a realization that their friendship is worth more than being right or will they not be able to overcome their differences? Find out if the girls can resolve matters in ìA Battle Royal,î the opening story in this fun-filled digest!
Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito PeÒa
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/20
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

FCBD SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/MEGA MAN
ìWorlds Collide: PRELUDEî ñ Itís TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, ìWorlds Collide,î comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to finally meet each other ñ Mega Man’s journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic the Hedgehog’s on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2013 ñ as video game icons Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man meet for the very first time anywhere ñ featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man comic book fame!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Sonic the Hedgehog Cover: Ben Bates
Mega Man Cover: Ben Bates
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/4
32-page, full color comic

FCBD WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST
Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead! The worldís most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business, this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: TBD
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/4
96-page, full color comic

JINX: LITTLE MISS STEPS (TPB)
Step into spring with Jinx Holliday and the next installment in the critically acclaimed ìJinxî series! Spring in high school brings a whole new set of challenges for feisty freshman Jinx–new tests, new sports, and summer’s on the way! But more frightening to Jinx than anything else is the dreaded school dance… and to make matters worse, this one is girls’ choice! That means Jinx’s friends Charley and Greg are competing to be her date, as if the very thought of dancing wasn’t awkward enough! On the home front, Jinx is faced with even more changes when her usually distant mom re-emerges with a shocking revelation! Jinx: Little Miss Steps is a realistic, uplifting story told with great wit, humor, heart and style –you’ll fall in love with Jinx Holliday!
Script: J. Torres
Art: Rick Burchett, Terry Austin
Cover: Rick Burchett, Terry Austin
978-1-936975-41-9
$9.99/$10.99CAN
6 x 9î
Trade Paperback
112 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 4/3

JINX: LITTLE MISS STEPS (HC)
Step into spring with Jinx Holliday and the next installment in the critically acclaimed ìJinxî series! Spring in high school brings a whole new set of challenges for feisty freshman Jinx–new tests, new sports, and summer’s on the way! But more frightening to Jinx than anything else is the dreaded school dance… and to make matters worse, this one is girls’ choice! That means Jinx’s friends Charley and Greg are competing to be her date, as if the very thought of dancing wasn’t awkward enough! On the home front, Jinx is faced with even more changes when her usually distant mom re-emerges with a shocking revelation! Jinx: Little Miss Steps is a realistic, uplifting story told with great wit, humor, heart and style –you’ll fall in love with Jinx Holliday!
Script: J. Torres
Art: Rick Burchett, Terry Austin
Cover: Rick Burchett, Terry Austin
978-1-936975-42-6
$16.99/$19.99CAN
6 x 9î
Hard Cover
112 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 4/3

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #191
After reading a book on E.S.P., Jughead discovers he has the ability to read minds! Archie, the skeptic, wonít buy it though. However, when Jughead claims that Mr. Weatherbee is thinking about retiring, Archie investigates to see if thereís any truth to it. Could the Bee really be calling it quits or is Jugheadís newfound skill just in his head? Get your monthly fill of Jughead with this double digest!
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Stan Goldberg, Al Milgrom
Cover: Rex Lindsey, Tito PeÒa
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/10
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

KEVIN KELLER #8
ìPLAY by the Rulesî ñ Kevinís got a new flame! Now that Kevin has an active love life, things are looking up. That is, until Kevinís secret admirer pops up to throw Kevin into the middle of an Archie-style love triangle! To make matters more complicated, Veronica roped Kevin into performing in the school play, and both Kevinís boyfriend and not-so-secret admirer are involved, sparking jealous tension on set. Will Kevin make it through Act I before the scenery comes crashing down around his blossoming relationship, or will he get stage fright? Let the drama begin!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: TBD
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant: Bill Galvan
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/10
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #28
ìArchie Marries Veronicaî ñ Kevinís campaign is now in full swing and heís got Veronica working hard behind the scenes to ensure his run for senate is a successful one. But pulling double duty as a campaign manager as well as running her own business is taking its toll on her relationship with Archieówho has his plate full as well heading up Mirth Music. Will the couple find time to spend together despite their consuming careers? Meanwhile at the Choklit Shoppe, manager Jughead gets a surprise visit from an old friend, but the joyous reunion soon turns serious as the visitor delivers a warning about Jugís business partnerÖ
ìArchie Marries Bettyî ñ Archieís alternate reality counterpart is dealing with similar relationship woes as Betty, who was already working overtime hours on the school committee, has now accepted Mr. Weatherbeeís offer to fill in as assistant principle! After that bombshell announcement, can Archie hope to even fit into Bettyís overloaded schedule anymore? After taking over the Gazette, Reggie struggles with the decision to endorse Kevin for office and Jugheadís concern over the recent robberies is heightened as thereís still no suspects in the ongoing case. Does Jellybeanís shady boyfriend factor in somehow?
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito PeÒa
Variant Cover: RamÛn PÈrez
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/27
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

MEGA MAN #24
ìWorlds Collide: Part Oneî ñ The crossover event of 2013 starts HERE! The Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog epic kicks off with a bang as the Blue Blur and Blue Bomber meet for the first time! And considering how hard they’re fighting each other, it might be the last! Why are the heroes trying to take each other down? Drs. Eggman and Wily know, and they’re loving every minute of it! You cannot miss this historic first meeting of two of the biggest video game icons in the entire world! Get in on the ground floor with all-new cover art by the legendary Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante, and choose YOUR favorite hero with the ìTeam Sonicî and ìTeam Mega Manî variant covers!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante
Team Mega Man Variant: Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante
Team Sonic Variant: Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/10
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES (TPB)
Our world demands heroes ñ a new generation must RISE! For the first time anywhere, the complete, critically acclaimed ìNEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROESî story arc is collected in a Graphic Novel ñ featuring special behind-the-scenes features and creator interviews! Over a decade ago, the super hero team known as The Mighty Crusaders did the impossible: they won. Successful in their battle against evil and finding theyíd made the world a better place, the heroes moved to the small town of Red Circle to start families, unwind, and take a much-deserved rest. When the town is rocked by the return of the ultimate evil, its super hero residents are obliterated! Itís up to their heirs to fight for justice and crusade against evil. They are our last, best hope. They are: THE NEW CRUSADERS!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ben Bates, Alitha Martinez, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates
978-1-936975-31-0
$14.99/$17.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16î
Trade Paperback
160 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 3/20

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PRESENTS KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES 4 (TPB)
Knuckles, Sonic’s original ìfriendly nemesisî and the last guardian of the Floating Island, unlocks the secrets of the mysterious ìBrotherhoodî as he continues on his quest to uncover the truth of his past! Featuring the debut of a royal family member long thought dead, and tying directly into the top-selling Sonic Select series, Knuckles Archives 4 is full of the action, intrigue and adventure that Sonic and Knuckles fans have come to expect from the Archives series! Knuckles Archives Volume 4 collects issues #16-21 of the Knuckles the Echidna comic book.
Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante
978-1-936975-43-3
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8î
Trade Paperback
160 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 4/17

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247
ìAt All Costsî Part One: On the eve of the history-making ìworlds collideî crossover event – Sonic’s Team Fighters have reached the frigid north! The plan: finally rescue Mecha Sally. But will Silver’s arrival help or hinder their efforts? Meanwhile, ìOperation: Deadly Cuddlesî goes into full effect, menacing Team Freedom! It’s the last stop of the road to the Sonic/Mega Man crossover event – with an explosive ending that will rock Sonic’s world!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Lamar Wells, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/3
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #50
ìForged in Fireî: Celebrate 50 issues of Sonic Universe and 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog comics with this double-sized anniversary spectacular! Metal Sonic has been one of Dr. Eggman’s deadliest creations. But what happens when the fastest robot around has to track down… itself? Itís a clash of metallic titans as Metal Sonic is sent to take down his original model ñ now known as the Secret Freedom Fighter Shard! All this plus a special bonus presentation of the very first race between Sonic and Metal Sonic! Featuring a brand-new, bone-chilling cover from Sonic artist supreme Patrick ìSPAZî Spaziante, and special foil cover enhancements available EXCLSUIVLY for comic shops!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, and Matt Herms
Foil-Enhanced Cover: Patrick Spaziante, and Matt Herms
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/20
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #27
Archie is prepared to go to any lengths to show his school spirit for Riverdale Highís pep rally, even if it means getting into a high speed chase with the police and the local dog catcher! After agreeing to take on mascot duties as Riverdaleís bulldog, a defective zipper causes Archie to be stuck in the bulldog costume, leading to more hijinks than he bargained for. Will Archie cut it as a mascot or will his adventure end in the doghouse? Check out ìDog Daze!î and find out in this laugh-a-page double digest!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Stan Goldberg, Rich Koslowski, Bob Smith
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Tito PeÒa
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/20
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.